Report highlights implications of growing use of artificial intelligence in legal practice for companies & lawyers

Author: Samantha Thorne, Diplomatic Courier, Published on: 12 November 2018

"Report: AI in the Law", 8 Nov 2018

...As citizens’ liberty, wellbeing, privacy and rights depend on the strength of a nation’s judiciary, many apprehend AI’s increasingly prominent role and its implications for due process...While AI has significant potential to better society and the administration of justice, its deployment must follow norms that will ensure lawyers, courts, other institutions of state, and civil society at large can trust it...

...Companies developing AI systems must account for the technology’s accompanying risks and liabilities...AI shifts liability to companies...[A] single product...may produce a vastly distributed network of liability.  Companies need to develop protection and containment architecture...As artificial intelligence grows, not only is the legal system more automated, but judiciaries struggle with more difficult decisions in courts...

...The legal community must conscientiously harness AI’s benefits in the future.  Law practitioners need to do their research to ensure that AI is deployed in a manner that improves efficiency and is consistent with their profession’s ideals and obligations...

AI usage should align with lawyers’ professional ethics obligations...[L]awyers need to do their due diligence in understanding the AI tools available and their accompanying strengths and limitations...

Businesses and lawyers must adapt to new privacy and security frameworks...[C]ompanies need to adopt a set of consumer notices, obtain consent to use customer data...As data privacy and security are at the forefront of legal AI discussions, critical information systems need strong cyber protections and companies must learn to operate in a growing legal framework that prioritizes privacy.

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